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Addiction and the Vulnerable Self: Modified Dynamic Group Therapy for Substance Abusers by Edward J. Khantzian, William E. McAuliffe, and Kurt S. Halliday

More than any other, this book is the single most important to us for inspiring our treatment philosophy and building the foundation for the first elements of our program. Highly recommended for professionals.

   

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors by Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla, and G. Alan Marlatt

This book provides clinicians a practical guide for teaching relapse prevention. Clients at A Positive Alternative were given the opportunity to participate in this valuable research at its early stages. Participants gained valuable skills and began to immediately incorporate mindfulness as a part of their recovery. Following this success, we included it as a vital part of our program.

   

ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Russ Harris

Harris takes the concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and offers explanations, exercises and examples and truly makes ACT simple and user friendly. ACT is closely aligned with our treatment philosophy. Highly recommended for professionals and clients alike.

   

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner, PhD

This book is a classic. Of all the books written about personal relationships, this book stands out offering wise and constructive tools and concepts for honoring feelings and developing healthy boundaries.

   

Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems—Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded by Anne Fletcher

Anne Fletcher took a survey of hundreds who resolved their drinking problem. By telling their stories, she opens up the discussion about how people go about this resolution. She discovers a "vital truth: no single path to sobriety is right for every individual".

Many of our clients have found this to be encoraging and supportive, particularly when they have had questions about approaches to sobriety that did not seem to fit their own philosophy.

   

Two workbooks clients have found useful...

Recovery by Choice: A Workbook

Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions

Each one provides exercises and text that help support recovery. Both of them offer self-help support to a person who might be looking for alternatives to a 12-step approach.

   

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